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The Firehouse Center for the Art is a 195-seat intimate theater on the waterfront of beautiful downtown historical Newburyport. This vibrant cultural center offers national, regional and local live performances at affordable prices. Additionally, we are proud of our family and senior programming.
We believe the Firehouse is one of the best assets our community has to offer!
991 heralded the Gala Opening of the Firehouse Center. Over the past twenty years, the Firehouse Center has been a hallmark of local culture and arts, drawing patrons from the local communities as well as a large tourist crowd in the spring, summer and fall. Programming is broad-based, and includes dance, music, theater, an art gallery, and a school show series.
Just think about the shows we were able to produce last season: Boxed In, by Stephen Faria. Forbidden Newburyport, written and directed by Suzanne Bryan. The New Works Festival. Each showcased exceptional writing, directing, acting, and set design by our local friends and neighbors. With talent like this in greater Newburyport, “community theater” is not a term that implies amateur hour. Instead, it’s the highest accolade possible.
The historic building that houses the Firehouse Center for the Arts was built as a market house and lyceum by the citizens of Newburyport in 1823. As such, it hosted such distinguished speakers as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Daniel Webster and Oliver Wendell Holmes. It then served as the Central Fire Station from the mid 1800’s until 1980.
1991 heralded the Gala Opening of the Firehouse Center. A cooperative effort by the public and private sectors restored the structure and created a center for the arts that will continue to serve the community for generations to come. The Firehouse Center and Schwartz/Silver Architects won an “Honor Award for Architecture” from the American Institute of Architects. The Firehouse is managed by the Society for the Development of Arts and Humanities of Greater Newburyport (SDAH), a non-profit organization.
Over the past twenty years, the Firehouse Center has been a hallmark of local culture and arts, drawing patrons from local communities as well as a large tourist crowd all four seasons. Programming is broad-based, and includes dance, music, theater, and a two-floor art gallery.